Policy on Standards of Conduct

Friday Harbor Laboratories

June 2, 2019

The Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) is committed to fostering an environment that is professional, ethical, inclusive, and consistent with all applicable University of Washington regulations and standards of conduct. Professionalism is integral to the FHL missions of research and education; professionalism includes demonstrating respect, integrity, and accountability in all endeavors. All individuals using FHL facilities are expected to contribute to the creation of an inclusive environment that fosters respect for all members of the FHL community, regardless of their academic standing, affiliation, viewpoint, perspectives, or experiences. To this end, all FHL employees, students and visitors are expected to treat others and the physical facilities with respect and consideration, behaving as positive members of the community.

The University prohibits discrimination (including discriminatory harassment) based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) are defined at the University of Washington in Executive Order 31: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action  and in the University’s Student Conduct Code. Other forms of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to intimidation, stalking, and bullying. Retaliation for reporting inappropriate behavior is also prohibited, as is falsely reporting an incident.

Critiques of scientific work are appropriate and important, but care must be taken to ensure that presentations are free of discriminatory or inappropriately disrespectful elements, including (but not limited to) words and images that are derogatory or demeaning to individuals or groups.

People wishing to report a violation of the above-referenced standards of conduct can contact course or workshop organizers or a teaching assistant, or any member of the FHL administration (https://fhl.uw.edu/about/people/). Complaints regarding discriminatory conduct by University faculty or staff can also be reported to the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO), and complaints regarding inappropriate conduct by UW students can be reported to Office of Student Life (Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct) and/or to the University’s Title IX Compliance Office. Finally, any member of the FHL community who feels unsafe or physically threatened due to the conduct of another person can contact the University’s Safe Campus program.

Incidents of inappropriate behavior at FHL are taken seriously. Complaints will be referred to the appropriate University officials for investigation and, where warranted, corrective or disciplinary actions. These could range from a private meeting with administrators, to a violator being required to leave FHL. Allegations of serious violations may also be reported to a visitor’s home institution.

The UW has excellent resources for victim support, which can be accessed at http://www.washington.edu/compliance/titleix/resources/. Participants from the University of Washington should note additional related University policies, which can be found at (http://www.washington.edu/compliance/titleix/policies/).

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